SHUTTER! Agarwal c Paine b Hazlewood 9, India 15-4
SHUTTER! Pujara c Paine b Cummins 0, India 15-3
SHUTTER! Bumrah c & b Cummins 2, India 15-2
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What proof of match we have. I always prefer to have the bowlers on top as it makes the races more valuable and tends to bring the competition closer. Adelaide has consistently been Australia’s sportiest wicket since it switched to day and night matches and the new direct access fields, and this year the dial went up a notch with a couple more millimeters of grass on the field. Cricket is a game of millimeters, after all.
Bottom line: 21 wickets have fallen in the first two days, sending us headlong into the third inning. (Some correspondents have quite rightly pointed out that when a test in India proceeds at this rate, voices abroad condemn the surface quality.)
India had a meager 244 but overcame a string of missed catches and still managed to restrict Australia to 191, a vital 54-run lead. The Indian starters had to hit for six overs, during which time they made 9 runs and Prithvi Shaw was pitched for the second time in the game. So India resumes today with Mayank Agarwal in association with night watchman Jasprit Bumrah. It should be an interesting start.
The lead is 62. You’d think anything over 150 could end up being a total batting test in the end. Although, of course, India will want to double that.
Both bowling attacks have been excellent so far. It depends on which of them can hold it and which hitters can hold out the best. We must?
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